Tuesday, November 15, 2011

OPSEC, Can The Families Get In On That?

OPSEC or Operations security is keeping potential adversaries from discovering our critical information. As the name suggests, it protects operations- planned in progress, and those completed. Success depends on secrecy and surprise, so the military can accomplish the mission faster and with less risk.

I'm sure most of you know about OPSEC and not writing things online about where and when your spouse is going to be away or when he comes home. It's for your soldier's safety as well as your own. But my question is for the military:

I understand you have no real reason to worry about the family's privacy but why do you question every time their is a rise in break ins and burglaries on base when you make it very clear that the soldiers are going out of the province?

After the first week of Cpl. Mayhem and hundreds of soldiers left for an exercise last month the wives and I were talking about a couple of post on a Facebook page about someone trying to get into a house several times and how cars were being broken into on base. More than likely it was probably some teenage punks but when you are alone with little ones your mind takes you to the dark side.
Later that night I was looking through our local paper when I read about the exercise and how many soldiers were going to be leaving and for how long. I was little miffed. Could you blame me? The headline should have said " Soldiers Gone! Come Get Their Stuff!"
The next day the local radio station had announce the exercise and talked about it all week.
SHHH! I'm just saying...

While Cpl. Mayhem was overseas. A lot of what I wrote was written on that day but posted a couple of weeks after the fact. And even in my post rarely will you see dates or timeline or even where he was.

I'm all for taking pride in exercises and wanting to let people know what is going in our local community but is it really safe? Are we hearing about break ins now? No, because the soldiers are back, who wants to try breaking into a house when a soldier is home?

Is there anyway we compromise by announcing what happened after the fact, and if you are going to announce that all the soldiers are gone maybe increase military police presence on bases so those who are left behind can feel a sense of security while their spouse is away? And I also wrote a post for the wives a while back on how to keep ourselves safe while our spouses are away. More of a reminder really since we all can get comfortable living on base.

Anyway, thank you for listening to my concern.

1 witnessing the mayhem:

Leanne said...

I totally agree!! I am always very wary of telling anyone my Marine husband is gone. I would suggest to every wife to set their facebook wall to "friends ONLY" so that they can post what they want about their husbands, but protect them from strangers. You never know who's watching and it's better to be safe than sorry!